New Print Date On This Issue
Check the print date at the bottom of this copy of Southern Soccer Scene. You will see that we moved our print schedule back a week for a number of production considerations. This has allowed us to include championship results for high school playoffs in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as the results of the second round of 2013 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup competition.
All of those events would have happened right after we went to press on our old print cycle, thus missing them in this issue. We also have been able to include national team rosters for upcoming World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies, as well as previewing the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Is Becks Coming Back?
With David Beckham’s retirement as an active professional soccer player, the question has arisen about his plans for the future. It was long believed that his contract that brought him to Major League Soccer and to the Los Angeles Galaxy included a provision that would make him eligible to become an investor/owner of a MLS franchise.
If that happens will it be East Coast or West Coast for the Beckhams. Best money is California. Rumors have Chivas USA, which shares The Home Depot Center with the Galaxy is in trouble and in need of a boost. Beckham may come back to be involved in U.S. soccer, but don’t count on
Chivas being the one!
Then There Were Seven!
The Southern Conference was reduced to seven members with the announcement that Elon University was leaving the league to join the Colonial Athletic Association. The College of Charleston earlier departed the SoCon for the CAA, and recently Appalachian State, Georgia Southern have announced they will join the Sun Belt Conference. Davidson is departing for the Atlantic 10.
The loss of those five members leaves the Southern Conference with Chattanooga, Furman, Samford, The Citadel, UNC Greensboro, Western Carolina and Wofford. Elon joined the SoCon in 2003.
It should be noted that the Southern Conference dates back to 1921. Seven schools, Clemson, Duke, Maryland, UNC, N.C. State, South Carolina and Wake Forest withdrew to form the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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